Kenta Maeda pitched five innings in which he allowed one run on four hits as the Dodgers beat the Royals 4-1. Logan Forsythe and Corey Seager backed Maeda with RBI singles and Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run. Chase Utley reached a milestone in the eighth inning when he hit an RBI double. It was his 1,000th career RBI.
Maeda looked like the Kenta Maeda from 2016 in the first two innings, allowing only one hit. He began to struggle, however, in the third inning when he walked two batters. In the fourth inning, he recorded the first two outs before allowing a Mike Moustakas. Alcides Escobar then hit a single to center field. Moustakas scored and the Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Escobar was then caught trying to steal second base.
The Dodgers wasted almost no time in getting the run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Yasmani Grandal led off the inning with a strikeout before Utley singled. Puig then struck out, bringing Maeda to the plate. Maeda hit a single into left field, sending Utley to second. Forsythe then came to the plate and hit a fastball into right field. Utley scored, tying the game at one. That brought Seager to the plate and he hit a curveball into right field. Maeda scored and the Dodgers had a 2-1 lead.
Nothing much happened after that until the sixth inning when Yasiel Puig got in on the action. With one out and a 2-2 count, Jason Hammel threw a slider and Puig hit a fly ball to left field. Hammel knew it was gone immediately and hung his head. The ball traveled a third of the way up the pavilion in left field for a home run. The home run extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.
In the eighth inning, Chase Utley came up to the plate with a man on second and one out and a chance to make history. He got a fastball and drove it to center field. The ball went over the head of Lorenzo Cain and hit the base of the wall. Joc Pederson rounded third and scored easily. As soon as Pederson stepped on home plate, Utley reached 1,000 career RBI.
Keys To The Game:
We Love LA:
The Dodgers truly love Los Angeles. At Dodger Stadium this year they have a record of 37-11.
“We love playing at home,” said manager Dave Roberts. “It’s always nice to have your fans and strategy plays into it too.”
Best NL Bullpen:
Kenta Maeda threw only 86 pitches before Dave Roberts went to the bullpen. Why? Because he can trust them. The Dodgers have the best bullpen in the National League. Combined, the Dodgers bullpen has an ERA of 2.97 with a .216 batting average against.
Brandon McCarthy will take the mound for the Dodgers and Ian Kennedy will pitch for the Royals. Kennedy has allowed six or fewer hits in each of his 15 starts this year and has an ERA of 4.44. McCarthy will make his return from the DL, again, this time due to right knee tendonitis. The game will start at 4:15 pm PT and be televised on FOX.